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SPCA Auckland overrun by fluffy stampede

SPCA Auckland overrun by fluffy stampede


SPCA Auckland is overflowing with gorgeous, cuddly rabbits – just in time for the school holidays.

“School holidays are the perfect time to adopt a beautiful, fluffy bunny because the breathing space gives you and the kids time to get them settled before school starts again,” says Christine Kalin, SPCA Auckland CEO.

“We’ve got more than 40 rabbits on our hands right now – any more and we’ll be overrun! So we’re appealing to the public: if you’re prepared to adopt a rabbit, now is the time to do it.

“Rabbits make wonderful pets – they’re affectionate, cuddly, intelligent, athletic, and full of personality – but they need lots of care and attention to thrive. That’s why we’re suggesting people adopt them during the holidays so everyone can get used to the daily routine of feeding, grooming, and exercising their rabbits before returning to school or work.

“The bottom line is: rabbits are fabulously cuddly, loving animals that you’ll adore. And with names like Nudge, Cherry, Flopsy, Pearl, Mungo, Lily McBunny, and Spud – who can resist?” says Ms Kalin.

Are you rabbit-ready? Here’s a checklist:

1. Food: fresh water, fresh grass, and fresh hay every day. Rabbits also like small amounts of fruit and carrots.

2. Home: a large, warm, preferably indoor enclosure with lots of toys and hiding places that your rabbit will feel safe and secure within.

3. Exercise: a large, predator-proof enclosure so your rabbit can exercise safely outdoors.

4. Company: put aside plenty of time to play with, handle, and love your rabbit every day. Rabbits are social beasts and will pine if left alone for hours on end.

5. Supervision: be prepared to constantly supervise your kids around the rabbit. Rabbits are not really suitable pets for children younger than 8 years old.

6. Grooming: regular brushing prevents your rabbit from getting hairballs.

7. Vet care: be prepared to whisk your bunny off to the vet if anything seems amiss.

8. Numbers: rabbits live in family groups in the wild so consider adopting a pair of de-sexed rabbits to ensure your rabbits are really happy.

For more bunny tips, go to www.spca.org.nz/AnimalCare/RabbitCare.aspx

Rabbits available for adoption can be viewed at SPCA Auckland, 50 Westney Road, Mangere every day from 10am to 4pm or visit www.spca.org.nz.


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